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Massive Lava Tubes Could Shelter Humans on Moon

Researchers say they've found intact lava tubes below the moon's surface

(Newser) - Thanks to a study in Geophysical Research Letters , we now know where the first human settlement on the moon could be built—a massive lava tube potentially extending miles below the surface. Astronauts haven't been able to spend more than three days on the moon—which lacks Earth's... More »

Russia and US Are Building a Moon Base

The Deep Space Gateway will orbit the moon

(Newser) - Two words: Moon base. AFP reports the US and Russia will work together on a NASA program to build the Deep Space Gateway, a space station in orbit around the moon. NASA and Russia's Roscosmos signed an agreement to cooperate on the station—which will be "an invaluable... More »

Surprise: Moon May Have a Lot of Water

New study suggests interior has large quantities

(Newser) - There may be vast stores of water on the moon, a discovery that could be good news for future lunar explorers. Brown University scientists detected large quantities of water "glass beads" trapped in ancient volcanic deposits across the moon's surface, indicating there's far more water deep below... More »

Buzz Aldrin Recalls 'Iconic' Moon Landing Photo

'It was very spontaneous'

(Newser) - It's "one of the most iconic pictures of the 20th century," according to Mashable . And on Thursday—the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing—Buzz Aldrin took to Twitter to give a small behind-the-scenes glimpse of how it happened. "It was very spontaneous,"... More »

Thanks to NASA Inventory Error, Illinois Woman $1.8M Richer

Seller acquired moon dust bag, auctioned Thursday, for just $995

(Newser) - One small inventory error has led to a giant payday for Illinois woman Nancy Lee Carlson. A moon dust collection bag that Carlson bought for just $995 in an online government auction in 2015 sold for $1.8 million at a Sotheby's auction in New York Thursday, the BBC... More »

Moon Dust Collected by Neil Armstrong to Be Auctioned Off

It's valued at $4M

(Newser) - Moon dust that Neil Armstrong collected during the first lunar landing was displayed Thursday at a New York auction house—a symbol of America's glory days in space now valued at $2 million to $4 million. The late astronaut brought the dust and some tiny rocks back to Earth... More »

Forget Mars: Humans May Live Here One Day

Titan, Saturn's largest moon, has potential to be home to humans

(Newser) - Move over, Mars: Titan could be the best place for a human colony. As far as extraterrestrial bodies go, Saturn's largest moon is surprisingly like Earth, with a dense atmosphere that could shield delicate earthlings from radiation, reports New Scientist . Titan's candidacy as a settlement isn't new,... More »

NASA's Goof Could Mean $4M Windfall for Illinois Woman

Bag from Apollo 11 will be auctioned July 20, ending the drama

(Newser) - Only one man was able to be the very first to walk on the moon. Now, an auction that's just as singular. On July 20, Sotheby's will auction a bag containing traces of moon dust, which a Chicago-area woman picked up for $995 and which is expected to... More »

China Wants to Set Up a Base on the Moon

It's in talks with the European Space Agency to team up on 'Moon Village'

(Newser) - China's lunar ambitions keep growing: Beijing and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon, reports the AP . The secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, first disclosed the talks about the envisioned lunar base in Chinese state media, and... More »

Trips to Titanic Begin in 2018

London company to begin upscale expeditions to the wreck off Canada

(Newser) - With large-scale commercial trips to the moon still a ways off, what's a well-heeled traveler seeking adventure to do? A London outfit is proposing the bottom of the sea. Blue Marble Private will begin expeditions to the resting place of the Titanic in May 2018. Groups of nine people... More »

NASA Finds Long-Lost Lunar Probe Still in Orbit

Ground radar spotted Chandrayaan-1

(Newser) - Almost eight years after it stopped communicating with ground stations, NASA has rediscovered India's Chandrayaan-1 lunar probe. The long-lost spacecraft didn't crash into the lunar surface in 2009, as some had suspected, but continued circling the moon in a slightly different orbit. NASA says it detected the small... More »

NASA Loses Fight Over Priceless Bag of Moon Dust

Illinois woman official owner of Apollo 11 space bag

(Newser) - At first glance, the round, white bag looks unremarkable, even a little battered, with a lengthy tear on the bottom, reports the Houston Chronicle . But it's now the official gem of Nancy Lee Carlson's collection of space memorabilia. After a yearlong legal battle , a judge ruled that the... More »

Space Speculation: Who Are the Mystery Moon Tourists?

SpaceX could make history by sending the first woman

(Newser) - So who are the two space tourists who will be flown around the moon by SpaceX next year? The company isn't saying, but a post at the Atlantic points out an interesting stat: Of the 24 people who have flown to the moon so far (half of whom have... More »

After Decade, Lunar X Prize Sets One Final Deadline

Five teams still hoping to reach moon to win $20M prize

(Newser) - It's officially a five-team space race for $20 million, Quartz reports. The X Prize Foundation announced Tuesday that just five teams remain in its 10-year contest to land a private spacecraft on the moon. According to CNET , the Google Lunar X Prize was first announced in 2007, but none... More »

The Moon Is Older Than We Previously Thought

It's 4.51B years old, according to a new study

(Newser) - It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old. That's the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moonwalkers in 1971, the AP reports. A research team reported Wednesday that the moon formed within 60... More »

Our Moon May Have Been Created From 'Moonlets'

A series of cosmic collisions may have spawned the smaller moonlets

(Newser) - A series of cosmic collisions may have spawned multiple moonlets that morphed into the one big moon we know today, the AP reports. Rather than one giant impact that knocked off part of early Earth and created the moon, a number of smaller collisions may have produced lots of mini-moons,... More »

White Rainbows Frequent Only 2 Places in the World

Zambia and Kentucky boast monthly displays

(Newser) - Waterfalls are among the most reliable places to catch a rainbow, but only two on the planet offer up a regular display of its close cousin, the moonbow: Cumberland Falls in Kentucky and Victoria Falls on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border. Also called a white rainbow, a moonbow appears when moonlight (which... More »

The Moon Hasn't Been This Close Since 1948

Supermoon will be at its brightest early Monday

(Newser) - The brightest moon in almost 69 years is lighting up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe. The phenomenon known as the supermoon will reach its most luminescent in North America before dawn on Monday. It will reach its zenith in Asia and the... More »

Moon Will Make a Star Vanish on Tuesday Night

Don't fear: It's just an 'occultation'

(Newser) - Sky watchers will get a bit of a show Tuesday night: People across the Eastern US and much of the Southwest will be able to see the moon move in front of Aldebaran, one of the brightest stars in the night sky, a phenomenon known as a lunar occultation, reports... More »

The Poor Moon Is Pummeled Way More Than We Thought

Study finds it gets a 'facelift' much more quickly than expected

(Newser) - A steady pounding by meteors, comets, and other space rocks gives the moon a high-power facelift—every 81,000 years. A new study published in Nature finds that pummeling reworks about the top inch of the entire lunar surface over that period, which happens to be "more than a... More »

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